Domestic Violence Victoria acting chief executive Alison Macdonald said Saturday’s shocking attack was a reminder of the toll of family violence.
“This case obviously had some particularly horrific implications for the child involved,” she said.
“While there is absolutely no place for complacency, it is a reminder of the scale of the work to turn this around.
“We remain hopeful that we will see a decrease in both the prevalence family violence in our communities and the number of women who are murdered.
“We don’t want people to think that because we had a royal commission and a lot of government investment that the work is done and dusted.
“It is not the time to take the foot off the pedal … as cases like this remind us, we still have a long way to go.”